I'm dazed. So when is public housing public housing?
Is there a difference between public and private housing? I would have thought public housing means selling or renting of houses (flats) by the government and/or their agencies to the average guy and his family at a reasonable/affordable price. So is $880.000.00 for a 99-lease 5-room 110sqm HDB flat reasonable/affordable?
Or is it plain profiteering? It's daylight robbery if we compare this to the $200,000.00 (same 110sqm 5-room) Sembawang/Sengkang/Punggol flats offered 7 years ago!
So the guy who recommended us to get sick and die in JB is asking Singaporeans not to buy those DumBaSS flats if it is beyond their means. In so doing, he has pressured the DumBaSS developer to reduce the selling price [Link
]. Bravo! But at $685,000.00 (the cheapest of the 5-room offered), is it what Public Housing is about?
Well, it's all about money, money and money! The material and money culture in Singapore is turning into a monster! Or is it becoming an earthquake or a tsunami? Will it kill many as in a disastrous nuclear leak? Have we reached a stage where we "Kwa tio sen, chiu pai. Kwa tio ter, chiu tai!" (translate: See gods (any god), pray. See pigs, slaughter!" Have we become a people where making money (GDP?) is the sole reason of our being? Well, with the horrendous example set by the PAP ministers obscenely enriching themselves with millions of dollars in their salary, how can we blame the DumBaSS developer for not lining their pockets with as much as they can? Monkey see, monkey do! Looks like everyone who can should make excessive profits from the 'ikan bilis'. If they complain, just reduce the price or get Gerard Ee in another newfangled Committee to bravely adjust and justify!
Do we have to take advantage of the less endowed, the less fortunate and milk them dry to enrich and empower ourselves? Can we be a little better than being the "big fish that eats the small fish that eats the ikan bilis"?
It may be universally accepted that it sucks to be poor! However, it gets worse when you are trampled, manipulated and treated like pigs by the the ones (the gahmen) who are supposed to take care of you! The CPF and the HDB has been trumpeted since time immemorial as PAP's greatest gifts to Singaporeans in housing and retirement. But the truth is: We are screwed! Prices of HDB flats are sky rocketing and CPF is simply 'untouchable'! Any which way but lose. . . That's how PAP plays it. Damned, we are the losers! Can you imagine the audacity they have to call us 'daft' when we question the immorality of their obscene pay? And asked us to 'repent' when we voted for a 1st world parliament?
Lest I be accused of being a negative crybaby and always bitching about PAP, I wish you to know that I'm on top of the world celebrating the 12th anniversary of (only 3 out of 100 survived a cardiac arrest on the road) my revival ;)
Having been there and done that (knocked on Heaven's door with heart attack & ventricular fibrillation), I'm just so pleased to know that a Beggar can be happier than a Prince. There are those who forgot to die (thanks Sister Theresa Tsu) [Youtube Link 1 of 5
] and those who refuse to.
I'm grateful to Sister Theresa who taught me that being poor doesn't necessarily sucks if you're in the 'flow'! It's all in the mind! Below is a happy picture Theresa Tsu, a "beggar who forgot to die".
The size of the pictures below does not denote how great they are. It is the facial expressions that say it all! The 'cunningly calculative', the 'truly happy' and the 'arrogantly atas'